TODAY former-host Kathie Lee Gifford says she’s ready for love, five years after her husband passed away.
The 66-year-old personality revealed on Tuesday that she’s enjoying dating a new mystery man in her new home town of Nashville.
“You don’t find love, love finds you,” she told DailyMailTV, adding: “That’s what I’m waiting for. I’m not going out looking for it. God will bring it to me.”
Although she’s remained discrete about her new man’s identity, after they were spotted together, he was named by DailyMailTV as insurance agent Randy Cronk, 56, from Spring Hill, Tennessee.
But the former Live with Regis and Kathie Lee host wouldn’t confirm a relationship with Cronk, only that she’s currently with a “sweet guy”.
“I have dated. I would like to find somebody, I’m a people person. I am dating a very sweet guy. I told him how blessed I am,” she told them. “I feel very cozy in there and he asked if you ever get lonely and I said ‘every day.'”
Despite the romance, Kathie Lee seems in no rush to find a replacement for late husband Frank Gifford, a sportscaster and former NFL player.
She started afresh in Nashville last November, after quitting the long term home in Greenwich, Connecticut, which she shared with Frank.
“Do I need companionship? Yes, I do, and that’s one of the main reasons I moved to Nashville. Not that I’m looking for a man. What I’m looking for is an active, vibrant life,” she told them.
The mother-of-two revealed that she suffers from loneliness despite leaving “chaotic” New York for a new life in “happy” Nashville which is packed with “churches on every corner”, and meeting new people and going on dates.
“The loneliness is a natural progression in life when your parents have passed on, your husband has passed on, your children have moved away and you’re alone in the big house that once was teaming with activity and now the silence is deafening.
“And it doesn’t matter how much music you put on, you can’t escape the fact that you are there by yourself.”
Kathie said feels that Frank’s sudden death of natural causes in August 2015 at the age of 84, ended his suffering from CTE and acted as closure for her.
“Frank had been very sick for several years before he passed and when Frank did see Jesus and went straight to heaven, I had such closure,” she explained.
“I had been praying that the Lord would take him that way, on a beautiful day when we were on our way to church – and boy he did go to church,” she told them.
“I have such peace because I know who he is with,” she added.
“We were watching a football game at my restaurant the other day and something happened and one of my friends, he looked at me and goes, ‘That was Frank smiling at you.’
“He’s up there with my mother and my father… at my age, you start to have lost quite a few of your loved ones, but it’s not the end. The Christian faith is about internal life.”
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